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World Day Against Child Labor 2024

Every year on June 12th, the world unites to raise awareness about child labor and advocate for its eradication. This year’s World Day Against Child Labor, themed “Let’s Act on Our Commitments: End Child Labor!”, carries even more significance as it marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention, No. 182.

The Global Challenge of Child Labor

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Child labor remains a persistent global challenge, robbing millions of children of their childhoods. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), 160 million children are still in child labor globally. These children are forced to work in hazardous and exploitative conditions, often sacrificing their education, health, and well-being.

A Call to Action

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This year’s theme, “Let’s Act on Our Commitments,” is a powerful call to action for governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and individuals alike. We all have a role to play in ending child labor.

  • Governments: Strengthening legislation and enforcement mechanisms to protect children from exploitation, investing in quality education, and addressing the root causes of poverty that push children into work are crucial steps governments can take.
  • Businesses: Businesses can play a vital role by ensuring their supply chains are free from child labor and adopting ethical labor practices.
  • Civil Society Organizations: Raising awareness about child labor, advocating for policy changes, and supporting programs that provide education and rehabilitation to child laborers are key contributions of civil society.
  • Individuals: We can all be conscious consumers, supporting companies committed to ethical labor practices. Additionally, raising awareness in our communities and donating to organizations that work to end child labor can make a difference.

Celebrating Progress, Renewing Our Commitment

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Despite the ongoing challenges, there has been progress in the fight against child labor. The global number of child laborers has declined significantly in recent decades. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened to reverse this progress, pushing more children into work.

The 25th Anniversary of ILO Convention No. 182

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This year’s World Day Against Child Labor also marks a significant milestone – the 25th anniversary of the adoption of ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. This landmark convention has been universally ratified, demonstrating a global commitment to ending the most egregious forms of child labor.

Looking Ahead: A World Free from Child Labor

The theme, “Let’s Act on Our Commitments,” reminds us that achieving a world free from child labor requires sustained action from all stakeholders. By working together, we can create a future where every child has the opportunity to thrive, receive an education, and reach their full potential.

The stolen laughter of a child working in a field should be a sound of the past, not our present. Let this World Day Against Child Labor be a turning point. Let’s transform our commitments into action, our outrage into change. Together, we can build a world where every child’s dreams take flight, not their childhoods. The future belongs to them, let’s give it back.

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Farzeen Mubarak
Farzeen Mubarakhttps://bepsych.com/
Hello, I'm Farzeen, a writer who loves to explore different topics. I've written articles on a wide range of subjects, from technology to health, lifestyle, and more. My goal is to create content that's easy to understand and enjoyable to read. When I'm not writing, I'm out discovering new places and trying delicious food. I'm always eager to learn and share fresh insights with my readers.
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